Tatyana Panteleyeva

From Tbilisi, Georgia to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Tatyana Panteleyeva
Interview Date:
August 2015


This  interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below.

Tatyana Panteleyeva is a resident of Bensonhurst who came to the United States in 1994 from Tbilisi, Georgia where she worked as a draftswoman in a factory for 30 years. Forced to leave Georgia because of an upswing of ethnic nationalism and political violence in the country following the fall of the Soviet Union, she came to the States with her son and his family. Panteleyeva helped raise her grandchildren while their parents worked. Now she is retired and lives near her granddaughter. 

This program is part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York City Councilman Mark Treyger.